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Contacting Region 18 Staff during Phone System Transition

Region 18 is currently undergoing a transition of our phone system. If you are having difficulty reaching an individual board agent, please try the Region’s main line at
(612) 348-1757 or the Milwaukee Subregional Office at (414) 297-3861.

Welcome to Region 18 of the National Labor Relations Board. We conduct elections, investigate charges of unfair labor practices, and protect the rights of workers to act together, serving the states of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and parts of Iowa from our regional office in Minneapolis, and subregional office in Milwaukee. If you have questions or wish to file a charge or petition for election, please visit one of our offices or call and ask for the Information Officer on duty. We can arrange to have someone speak with you in the language of your choice.  We are also happy to provide speakers and materials to promote a greater understanding of the National Labor Relations Act.

This Regional Office participates in the NLRB’s Volunteer Field Examiners Program for undergraduate and graduate students.  The Volunteer FX interns assist in conducting unfair labor practice investigations, arranging representation elections, conducting elections and performing basic legal research. Volunteer Interns will work directly with agents and report to a supervisor who will guide them in handling case work and investigations. Interns may be briefed by senior officials from throughout the Region and Agency about the NLRB and the NLRA. Interns will be asked to produce written work products summarizing the results of investigations along with recommendations.  The Agency will work closely with participating schools to ensure class credit where permitted or desired and will provide on-the-job training as well as training on the NLRB through live and video presentations of the Agency’s Summer Intern Program and regularly scheduled Board Agent training.  Please click on the following link: Student Positions - Pathways and volunteer for more information.  

News From the Region

In a 2-1 decision issued by the Eighth Circuit on March 25, the Court upheld Region 18’s issuance of a complaint against MikLin Enterprises, Inc. d/b/a Jimmy John’s and the Board’s decision in this matter. The company, a franchisee which owns and operates Jimmy John’s stores in Minneapolis and St. Louis Park, Minnesota, fired six employees and issued final written warnings to three other employees, all of whom were involved in a campaign to convince the company to grant paid sick leave for employees of the ten area locations.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN-- Administrative Law Judge David I. Goldman issued a decision ordering A.S.V., Inc. a/k/a Terex to reinstate and provide back pay to 13 workers who were illegally terminated at its Grand Rapids, Minnesota facility following an unsuccessful organizing campaign. Judge Goldman also ordered the employer to recognize and bargain with the International Brotherhood of Boilermakers, Iron Shipbuilders, Blacksmiths, Forgers and Helpers (Union).

WASHINGTON, DC--National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Richard F. Griffin, Jr. announced that he is considering a proposal to close the Agency’s resident office in Des Moines, Iowa. The Office of the General Counsel is inviting public comment on the proposal to realign Agency resources.

On April 15, 2015 at 12:00 p.m., Regional Director Marlin Osthus will be presenting on the NLRB’s Revised Representation Case Rules at the Minnesota State Bar Association on 600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 380, (City Center, 3rd Floor) Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

On April 7, 2015 at 10:00 a.m., Regional Director Marlin Osthus will be presenting at the Minnesota AFL-CIO on 175 Aurora Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota to discuss the NLRB’s Revised Representation Case Rules and changes.


Regional Case Developments

Case Name Case Number Case Activity Issuance Datesort descending
Colorado Insulating Co. 30-RC-000132 Board Decision 05/03/1940
The Connor Lumber and Land Co. 18-R-000799 Board Decision 09/15/1943
Black Hills Power and Light Co. 18-R-000796 Board Decision 10/09/1943
Frank Pilley & Sons, Inc. 18-R-000797 Board Decision 10/14/1943
D.W. Onan & Sons 18-R-000822 Board Decision 10/15/1943
The Coolerator Co. 18-R-000835 Board Decision 11/06/1943
Iowa Packing Co. 18-R-000729 Board Decision 11/06/1943
Land O' Lakes Creameries, Inc. 18-R-000794 Board Decision 11/25/1943
Fort Dodge Creamery Co. 18-R-000832 Board Decision 11/27/1943
Marinette Marine Corp. 18-R-000831 Board Decision 11/30/1943


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